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Xi Cygni (center star) and "west coast" of North America Nebula          (image above is reduced-size | other sizes:  medium , original)

Distance:  841 light years to Xi Cygni and 1,800 light years to North America Nebula

Telescope Takahashi FS-60C @ f/6.2
Mount Takahashi EM200 Temma II
Camera QSI 540wsg @ -15C
Filters Astrodon Ha (3nm), Astrodon Tru-Balance I-Series LRGB Gen 2
Guider SX Lodestar
Settings 4x15min Ha; 2x5min ea RGB (all bin1x1); AstroArt5, CS4 (cropped, 10xdarks/flats/fdarks/bias)
Date/Location

Notes
23 December 2013 - Las Cruces, NM

Published as Astronomy Magazine Picture of the Day, 18 Apr 14 (screenshot).
Published
in Space.com, 5 Mar 14 (screenshot).
Published in YahooNews, 6 Mar 14 (screenshot).
Published in YahooNews (UK & Ireland), 6 Mar 14 (screenshot).

Cygnus area. Orange supergiant Xi Cygni (also known as 62 Cygni or ξ Cyg) is the center light orange star, together with the "west coast" of NGC 7000, which is the nebula that lies in the background (red and dark color). This image is Ha_HaRGB, where Ha:R (80:20) was used for the Red channel, and Ha for Luminance. I later imaged the full NGC 7000 in Ha, but it set behind my house before I could collect color :)

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